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2016-01-29

First Egyptian Student Intern at Halmstad University

Yousef Khaled Nassar is an ambitious student from The American University in Cairo who joined a research group at Halmstad University for a two-week internship during the two coldest weeks in Halland this winter. The internship is not only a unique chance for the young student, it could also be the start of more exchanges and collaborations between the two universities.

Yousef Khaled Nassar is a second year undergraduate student in Computer Science at The American University in Cairo (AUC), doubling with a major in Actuarial Science (applied mathematics in risk calculation). To learn more about research in modelling of cyber-physical systems, Yousef took the opportunity to visit Scandinavia for the first time and work with Professor Walid Taha and his research team at the School of Information Technology at Halmstad University.

How did you get in touch with Walid Taha and his research group at Halmstad University?

– Professor Taha has collaborated with researchers at AUC for many years, and since I’m interested in his work, and I had two weeks off during my winter break, I contacted him and asked for an internship, says Yousef Khaled Nassar.

What have you been working on during your time here at Halmstad University?

– The research team is developing a concept called the Talent Server – an online service for virtual models. My focus has primarily been designing and implementing tests for the first prototype of the server to help the research group understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current design.

What will the Talent Server be used for?

– One goal is that the server will be used for educational purposes, where teachers for example can send the students a series of challenges through the server and let them practice. The Talent Server is a tool for collaborating with others to create, use and share virtual models. Hopefully we can launch a test version of the server this spring to let the modelling community try it!

What is your impression of Sweden and of Halmstad University?

– Halmstad University feels similar to AUC in one way, when it comes to education and research. It is a bit colder here though, but I realise that it is the middle of winter now. There is a chance that I will return this summer for a longer internship, continuing working on the Talent Server, and I will probably see a warmer side of Halmstad then.

Would your classmates at AUC be interested in studying at Halmstad University?

– Sure! There is an exchange with Lund University now, but the places are limited. I think many AUC students would like to study in Halmstad. And I believe AUC could be a good choice for Swedish students that want to study abroad; it is a popular university for exchange students.

Walid Taha, Professor in Computer Science at Halmstad University, believes it would be good to broaden the collaboration with the AUC:

– This internship is a good start. It’s a way, not for only for Yousef, but for other students from the AUC to learn about Halmstad University’s research and education, and vice versa. The AUC is one of the top schools in Egypt and in the Middle East Region, so collaborating with them enriches the environment at Halmstad University.

Professor Walid Taha and Yousef Khaled Nassar.

Text and photo: LOUISE WANDEL

Yousef Khaled Nassar

Yousef Khaled Nassar

I think many AUC students would like to study in Halmstad. And I believe AUC could be a good choice for Swedish students that want to study abroad; it is a popular university for exchange students.

Updated 2016-01-29